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East Kerry Ladies Under 16 League Final:- Killarney Legion vs Laune Rangers. 20/9/17

posted 20 Sep 2017, 16:05 by Laune Rangers

Under 16 Girls suffer agonising defeat


Killarney Legion 1-11, Laune Rangers 2-6

There was disappointment for the Laune Rangers Under 16 Girls on Wednesday evening as an injury time goal saw Killarney Legion take the East Kerry League title. The goal gave Legion their first lead of the game at the most opportune time, although it came following sustained pressure for most of the second half.

Laune Rangers were without regulars Andrea Nolan and Aisling Scannell on the evening, but got off to a great start. They scored two goals in the opening quarter through Alanna O’Sullivan and Nicole Moriarty as well as points from the same pair to lead by 2-2 to 0-2 with after 15 minutes. The second part of the opening period was a tighter affair as both defences gained superiority, with Lucy Knight, Hannah McGeever & Orla Dunphy putting in huge effort in blocking and tackling, while Claire Fealey stopped the shots that came her way in goals. They outscored Legion by 0-2 to 0-1 (Nessa Healy kicking two well taken scores) to take a seven point lead at the break. Half Time Score:- Killarney Legion 0-3, Laune Rangers 2-4.

Laune Rangers opened the scoring with a Nicole Moriarty free in the 3rd minute of the second half, but would have to wait 15 minutes before their next score. Legion began to chip away at the Rangers lead, and had it halved with a quarter to play with four points (1 free). With 15 minutes remaining, Laune Rangers still led by 2-5 to 0-7.

Fodhla Houlihan broke the drought for Rangers with a point, but the onslaught continued by the home team. Robust defending from Rangers – especially through Rachael Evans and Laura Brennan aided by Christina O’Brien and Kayleigh McGlashan – held off the Legion attack for as long as possible, but unfortunately the hosts’ ability to introduce fresh legs with a full complement of substitutes gave them the impetus to press on as Rangers tired. Three points for Legion (1 free) left two between the sides as the game progressed into additional time. Legion’s persistence paid off eventually as an unstoppable shot to the top corner finally beat Claire Fealey to deny Rangers the win. Legion added another point from a free before the final whistle to claim the trophy. Full Time Score: Killarney Legion 1-11, Laune Rangers 2-6.

Laune Rangers Team:- Claire Fealey, Laura Brennan, Lucy Knight, Christina O’Brien, Orla Dunphy, Rachael Evans, Hannah McGeever, Alanna Dolan, Nicole Moriarty (1-2), Lorna Griffin, Kayleigh McGlashan, Nessa Healy (0-2), Alanna O’Sullivan (1-1), Fodhla Houlihan (0-1), Amy Dunphy. Subs:- Orla Browne, Millie Foley.
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